On more than one occasion, I’ve heard President Barack Obama and liberal mainstream media say that the majority of law enforcement officers support his gun control proposals. I know several active and former cops and none of them support Obama’s agenda.
So what is the real story of law enforcement’s support or opposition of Obama’s anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment?
A recent online poll of active and former law enforcement officers indicated that 99% of them opposed much of Obama’s gun control measures. PoliceOne.com conducted the survey and had over 15,000 men and women, active and former law enforcement personnel respond. Here is a breakdown of that survey:
1. 95.7% said that a federal ban on the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that held more than 10 rounds would not reduce violent crime.
2. 71% said that a federal ban on the manufacturing or sale of some semi-automatic (assault-style weapons) would not reduce violent crime.
3. 20% said that a federal ban on the manufacturing or sale of some semi-automatic (assault-style weapons) would have a negative effect on reducing violent crimes.
4. 60.6% said that passage of President Obama’s currently proposed legislation would have no effect on improving the safety of law enforcement officers.
5. 24.6% said that passage of President Obama’s currently proposed legislation would have a negative effect on improving the safety of law enforcement officers.
6. 71% said that they favor the opinion of some law enforcement leaders who have publicly stated that they would not enforce more restrictive gun laws in their jurisdictions.
7. 61% said they would refuse to enforce the restrictive gun laws if they were a police chief or sheriff.
8. 90% believe that casualties of active shooter incidents would be lower if more citizens were armed.
9. When asked what would help most in preventing large scale public shootings, 28.% said more permissive conceal carry policies; 19.6% said more aggressive institutionalization of mentally ill persons; 15.8% said more armed guards or paid security on hand; and 14% said they would favor improved background checks to screen out mental wellness of the purchaser.
10. 81.3% favored arming teachers or school administrators.
11. 81.5% said gun buyback programs are not effective in reducing gun violence.
12. 58.8% said they agreed to harsher punishment for illegal gun sales and that it would have a positive effect in reducing gun violence.
13. When asked if a safety training class should be required for everyone wanting to purchase a firearm, 43.3% said no, 42.3% said yes and 14.4% said for certain weapons only.
14. When asked what is the greatest cause of gun violence in the US, 38.1% said poor parenting and family values was to blame. 14.7% said it was the reduced sentencing and early release of violent offenders and 13.9% said it was violent video games, movies and other pop culture influences.
Not only was I greatly encouraged to see these results, but I also found it interesting that on item 14, more respondents blamed parenting and family values for gun violence than any other factor. I wholeheartedly agree with that. Too many parents are shirking their duties and responsibilities as parents. I also believe that a large part of the parenting failure can be attributed to a decline in biblical marriages, homes and training. Christian values and marriage are being replaced with the liberal pagans acceptance of sexual perversions that open the doors to many other anti-Christian beliefs and activities.
I once did a study on the increases in various types of crimes over the past 100 years. I noticed a direct correlation to the removal of the prayer, the Bible and God from the public schools and from government facilities. The increase in crimes, especially violent and physical crimes, followed 3-5 years after various aspects of Christianity were removed from the schools, government and public life.
I also found that the number of single-parent homes, pre-marital sex, extra-marital sex and co-habitation of unmarried couples also increased in direct correlation to the removal of Christianity from American society. All of these have a negative impact on family life and parenting and we see the results today in a violent and godless society.
So now we know that the vast majority of law enforcement personnel oppose most of Obama’s anti-gun proposals and they see parenting and family issues as being the leading cause for violent crimes, not guns.